Great blog post by Greg Neichin on the smarter city movement.
It is this stark contrast between the emerging, and deservedly warranted, enthusiasm for smart cities initiatives and the reality of the lives of many living in the squalor and sprawl of the world’s mega cities that demands attention. The world’s poor vastly outnumber the world’s rich and smarter cities will be cities that are not only smart and data-driven, but truly sustainable for all of their inhabitants, not just those with smart phones.
Much like the sustainability movement encouraged corporations to not only think about their carbon footprint, but also about employee, supplier, and community welfare, so too, the smart cities movement should be based on organizing principles that are holistic in nature. As we as technologists continue to do our part to enhance the intelligence available to public officials and individual citizens, let us never forget that we are doing this out of a fundamental drive to raise the standard of living for all and to make tomorrow’s mega-cities sustainable, healthy, vibrant ecosystems.